A group called ‘The Coalition of Independent People’ said it is building a slate of seventeen candidates to contest the upcoming general election, independent of all the three political parties.
In a press statement issued on Thursday (Dec. 3) by the group, it said that both the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) are incapable of handling the affairs of the country.
The group also accused both parties of displaying a desperate need for power; without any substantive account of their past or present mandate.
“Allen Chastanet uses all machinations to ensure that prospective investors remain doubtful of coming to do business in Saint Lucia, while Prime Minister Anthony does not have the time or passion to present a mandate to the citizens that he can do any better,” the statement said.
The group said that it wants to restore “good governance” to the country, but noted that this could only happen when well-intentioned people bring their ideas, experiences, preferences and other human strengths and shortcomings to the policy-making table.
“Good governance is achieved through an on-going discourse that attempts to capture all of the considerations involved in assuring that citizen’s interests are addressed and reflected in policy initiatives by their government,” the statement added.
The coalition said it plans to bring to the citizens, eight major characteristics of good governance the ruling party or the opposition has never displayed i.e. participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and follows the rule of law.
“Good governance is responsive to the present and future needs of the people, exercises prudence in policy-setting and decision-making, and that the best interests of all citizens are taken into account.”
Further, it said UWP’s Allen Chastanet and SLP’s Kenny Anthony do not recognize good governance, rather they “only recognise self aggrandizement and power over people.”
The Coalition of Independent Candidates, St. Lucia is said to be a grouping of individuals interested in the social, educational, economical, and humanitarian needs of our people.
Only a few weeks ago, former UWP MP Jeannine Compton-Antoine announced her plans to contest the next general elections in the Micoud North Constituency as an independent candidate.
There have also been talks that the incumbent MP for Castries Central Richard Frederick who was kicked out of the UWP has plans to also contest the elections as an independent.
More persons are likely to join the two. But political analysts say that this could cause problems for both major political parties, since the independents could steal hundreds of votes at the next elections.